Syllabus for ITS-160



Fundamentals of Modern Operating Systems introduces core concepts of modern operating systems. Topics include operating systems (OS) nomenclature, OS types, kernels, program execution, memory management, multitasking, device management, virtualization, scheduling, and interaction between computers and the services provided by operating systems hardware. The course also examines key cybersecurity concepts and techniques as applied to modern operating systems.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1        Classify the various operating system models. [PO2, PO3]

CO2        Analyze the techniques used by operating systems to manage processes. [PO3]

CO3        Explain how operating systems manage hardware. [PO2, PO3]

CO4        Discuss how network functions are managed within an operating system. [PO2, PO3]

CO5        Discuss how users are managed within an operating system. [PO3]

CO6        Explain the common techniques used by operating systems for memory management. [PO2]

C07    Explain how various mass storage systems work. [PO1, PO2]

CO8        Explain various file management strategies. [PO1, PO2, PO3]

CO9    Discuss the role of security and ethics in operating system design and operation. [PO3]

CO10        Examine a current operating system implementation. [PO2, PO3]


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-1118804926

Additional Readings


Fundamentals Of Modern Operating Systems is a three-credit, online course, consisting of seven modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in 11 graded discussion forums. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1. You can find the online discussion grading rubric in the Evaluation Rubrics folder in the course website.

For posting guidelines and additional help with discussion board assignments please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information section of the course website.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete seven written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Final Project

Students will develop a 15- to 20-page, APA-formatted document (3750 to 5500 words) on the history of the Unix operating system, upon which Linux’s design is based. The effort will help students understand how the concepts learned in the course relate to one another and how Linux is used in practice.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, final project).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

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